208 – Come to NSSN rally at TUC:All out together October 14!

September 3, 2014 in Bulletins

The 2014 NSSN conference agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at the TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. This year’s TUC Conference meets as public sector unions contemplate mass joint strike action on October 14th against the government’s continuing pay freeze. In reality, workers’ living standards are down by an average of 8% since the economic crisis struck in 2008, with young workers losing 15%! No wonder record numbers are using […]

205 – Care UK: “We’re Yorkshire folk, we’ll never surrender.”

August 13, 2014 in Appeals, Bulletins

“We’re Yorkshire folk, we’re like a dog with a bone. We won’t give up, we’ll never surrender.” This is how Doncaster Care UK shop steward Roger Hutt expressed the sheer working-class determination of the fifty-odd Unison members at the strikers’ meeting held last night at the end of the latest two weeks strike action. Having now taken 48 days of strike action in their battle against 35% cuts in terms and conditions as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties, these former NHS staff voted unanimously to take another three weeks strike […]

NSSN 204 – All out together on October 14!

August 6, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s official – the pay strike will continue into the autumn. The first serious step has been taken towards building the strike coalition that saw over 1 million public sector workers take action together on July 10th. Council workers from Unison, Unite and the GMB have agreed that October 14th will be the next strike day in the pay dispute. Importantly, Unison will be balloting members in academy schools during September so they can join the strike. September also sees Scottish local government workers being balloted for industrial action over pay likely to commence with a one-day strike, which of […]

NSSN 200: J10 pay strike shows our power!

July 11, 2014 in Bulletins

Public sector workers in nine different unions were out on strike in force yesterday – in a magnificent show of strength to demand an end to the pay freeze. Local government workers in Unison, Unite and GMB; civil servants in the PCS and Nipsa, teachers in the NUT, fire-fighters in the FBU, and sections of London transport workers in RMT and TSSA: uniting in action to tell the government that they can’t tolerate any further driving down of living standards. Speaking at the London rally PCS General Secretary called for further coordination of the pay strikes. Warning that unions must […]

IN PICTURES: NSSN Conference 2014

July 8, 2014 in News

The 5th July 2014 saw a packed 8th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference, held at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, London. Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers union, the BFAWU, described the conference on Twitter as, “the biggest shop stewards gathering of the year”. As the photos will show, the NSSN conference brought together a diverse number of activists from the rank and file and leadership of Britain’s fighting unions

NSSN 199: Come to NSSN14 this Saturday, build mass July10 strike

July 2, 2014 in Bulletins

The line-up for the July 10 strike is now complete. The FBU has today announced that fire-fighters defending their hard won pension rights will be walking out on the same day as up to 1½ million council and school workers, teachers, civil servants and others who are resisting the continuing public sector pay freeze. Workers from Unison, PCS, Unite, GMB, NUT, FBU and NIPSA will be on strike together. Transport for London workers as well as power control operators on London Underground will also be out on strike that day, meaning that RMT and TSSA can be added to the […]

NSSN 198 – The July 10 pay strike…….IS ON!!

June 23, 2014 in Bulletins

Come to the NSSN Conference on July 5th “Strike together for a pay rise” Its official – Unison’s local government workers have voted to strike on July 10th against the ConDem pay freeze (read here). This raises the prospect of well over a million public sector workers striking together in a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ unions that could also include Unite, GMB, PCS and the NUT. It is possible that the FBU, who were again on strike last Saturday could also take part on the biggest day of co-ordinated strike action since N30 2011. That 2-million strong strike against the […]

Ginger Jentzen from Seattle $15WON to speak at NSSN 2014!

June 11, 2014 in Bulletins

NSSN 196: Seattle $15WON campaigner speaks at NSSN Conference! The NSSN is delighted to announce that a Ginger Jentzen from the victorious $15Now campaign that has lifted the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Seattle will address the NSSN annual conference on July 5th. Undoubtedly, the election last year of Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative as city councillor played a crucial role in this victory alongside an incredible mass campaign. It is an inspiration to all low-paid workers all over the USA and internationally. The NSSN secretary Linda Taaffe attended the enthusiastic and vibrant 15NOW Conference in Seattle in […]

Mark Harding victory & indefinite UCU Lambeth strike

June 3, 2014 in Bulletins

This week we take the unusual step of headlining with two disputes. We salute the indefinite strike by workers at Lambeth College and hope that the tremendous victory of Mark Harding and his union the RMT will be an inspiration to them, the Unite One Housing convenor Bryan Kennedy as his members take strike action (see below under Unite) and the rest of the trade union movement.  Let’s celebrate our victories!   RMT Tube union official Mark Harding found not guilty from RMT website At Hammersmith Magistrates Court this morning (June 2nd), RMT tube union official Mark Harding was found […]

NSSN 189 – Tube Strike back on! Support the RMT

April 22, 2014 in Bulletins

RMT members working on London Underground (LU) will strike on 28-30 April and 5-8 May. This is because talks at Acas with LU have failed to make any progress. In fact LU have reneged on their undertakings made when our strike in February was suspended to allow talks to take place. During this time LU has also tendered for driverless trains – another threat to safety on the tube. After eight weeks of negotiations LU are still saying that every ticket office will close by the end of 2015. When we suspended our strike they undertook to review every station […]